Watch out, squatter gang coming through! Brandi Underwood, realtor and Miracle Agent, had a long battle with the squatting community in her area – and that was just the beginning! Just in case the issue with the squatters wasn’t enough, she then had to deal with the county, their (big!) mistakes, and a difficult inspector (on a power trip). Listen in to hear how Brandi cleaned up this mess despite challenges that would’ve sent most people running.
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Time Stamped Show Notes:
- 01:00 – Introducing Brandi and Miracle Homes
- 01:03 – Brandi’s located in Fair Oaks, CA, right outside of Sacramento; she services Sacramento, El Dorado, and Pastor Counties
- 01:16 – She’s a Re/Max Miracle Agent which means she donates a portion of her commission to the Children’s Miracle Network
- 02:30 – Brandi’s CSIRE story
- 02:55 – Around the holidays in 2017 she helped an old co-worker and her husband find their first home
- 03:28 – They found a home in a less-than-desireable neighborhood; they walked-through and everything looked good
- 04:02 – They got into contract for the home; she had to call because the offer had gone into a spam folder
- 04:30 – They went into escrow and she was working with their lender, someone she hadn’t worked with much before
- 05:10 – Their first time back to the property there were squatters who had damaged a lot of things like doors, windows, and carpet
- 06:35 – The investment group selling the home could get the repairs done quickly; the buyers had to be ok with the damage even though it would be fixed
- 07:15 – The house kept having squatter issues; the buyers had to make nuisance calls to the police to get them out
- 08:43 – Why the buyers moved forward despite the issues
- 09:06 – The man was set on making it work; he knew they were part of the revitalization of the neighborhood and the house was beautiful
- 09:55 – The seller’s agent was great and made sure the house was repaired before move-in
- 10:40 – Liens had to be cleared on the property and the escrow was about 45 days
- 12:00 – Afterwards, she went to the property and there were signs saying the house was condemned; the buyer was panicking
- 12:50 – She learned that the county could be incorrect; a county inspector said he needed a proof of recording, which she showed
- 13:40 – He said that it was impossible because he had already recorded a lien on the parcel, so it couldn’t have closed
- 14:15 – He went back to the county office to research the permits; he said the county was wrong and recorded everything on the wrong parcel number
- 15:00 – He had already looked inside the home, though, and had a laundry list of things to fix before move-in
- 16:20 – She had to tell everyone – buyer and seller – what happened; Brandi helped them through
- 17:45 – The county wasn’t helpful and the homeowners couldn’t move in because of all the things the inspector said needed to be done
- 18:20 – They had to redo everything in the home and could finally move in 4 months later
- 20:30 – How Brandi continued to help her clients
- 21:00 – She stuck through with them even beyond what she had to
- 21:50 – They are happy and love the house now
3 Key Points
- Be proactive when sending an offer – and make sure they receive it!
- Tenacity and savviness is necessary in a realtor!
- Safety first!